Artova organised a communal district workshop where participants brainstormed ways to promote the communal spirit of the area. One of the ideas raised was the need of a dog park, which prompted the formation of a small group of four people called The Paws of Arabianranta. The group met and brainstormed ideas for a dog-walking environment that would be more stimulating than regular dog parks.
One of the ideas presented was to create an un-fenced area designated for walking dogs. In the near-by city of Sipoo there is a dog forest, without a fence, where a certain part of the forest has been designated for letting one’s dog run off the lead. There are similar areas across Europe, so why not in Artova?
The group had a further idea of acquiring sponsors, so that the city of Helsinki wouldn’t be the only party responsible for the expenses of upkeep and providing the stimulating elements.
GAMMEL DOG ASSOCIATION / MERJA PYHÄLÄ
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The Paws of Arabianranta considered it ill-advised to run a competing group of active dog-owners considering that Gammel Dogs Association has been active in the Artova area for such a long time and been the proponent of the dog park project since 2007. The group went to meet members of the association in Arabianranta shopping centre where they were showcasing the activities of the association. We decided to join forces and start promoting the dog park project together. Full steam ahead!
GAMMEL DOGS ASSOCIATION / MERJA PYHÄLÄ
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Artova organised an open workshop on Helsinki being the World Design Capital 2012. The workshop took place in culture and resident house Kääntöpaikka and there were some ten participants representing a diversity of ages and personalities. Despite the focused and laid-back atmosphere, I was a bit disappointed in the introduction that preceded the actual brainstorming. Partially the reason lies in me being a pragmatic person who expects brainstorming to have clearly defined goals and boundaries.
Luckily for me, there seemed to be a few others who thought it weird that WDC had in its great wisdom decided to ask the residents of different Helsinki districts for concepts without giving them a framework to work in, a description of what a good idea entails. In other words, didn’t WDC know yet what kind of selection criteria they would apply when making decisions about our ideas? Read more
The residents were to give points to WDC ideas sketched on a flip chart in order to choose democratically the ideas people liked the most. Read more
I think it was in March 2011 that I noticed an A4 notification on the school wall where a group was looking for people to participate in the organisation of a film festival.
I’m Nikita Gavrilenko, and I started studying cultural management in the adult education programme of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in January 2011. Earlier I had studied Russian trade and international commerce, among other things, and in 2009 I graduated from the Metropolia Fashion and Clothing programme. Films have always been close to my heart; I believe in the healing power of moving pictures. In my studies, I will be concentrating on all things cinema, things like film festival organisation.
I remember vivdly the day I called Susanna and got an invitation for an interview at Kääntöpaikka. Read more
Meeting for Artova Film Festival 2012
1. No replies to our recruitment message
Recycling and street art
Single-family home residents to join this year
– Last year not enough visitors
– We’ll analyse what went wrong
– More media visibility
Saara contacts the following, contact info on the intranet
Recycling centre for hazardous waste
Recruitment ad for volunteers
Inform the local congregation
Minna is the contact person for
– Single-family homes
Next meeting, production meeting
– Eurocultured and the Happi youth centre by 8.2.
Recruitment ad to Metropolia University of Applied Sciences: Tytti and Katri look for a chief producer
Janne looks through the intranet
Pihla, Tarja K., Anni, Taneli, Janne, Minna, Saara, Mandi, Pirita, Kirsi, Essi – recycling
– an international name
– suggestions 8.2. 10:00–12:00
Artist list, artists who might perform in the festival
– Laura P., Stockholm co-operation
– Timo W. & Laura P., Unknown Cargo
– Tero T.
– Jyppilä street art workshop
– Notkea Rotta
– Arttu P.
Intern and volunteers
First things first: it was so much fun! The “warm up” on Friday and then Saturday were a success in spite of the low temperature, and considering the schedule and available resources.
The Design Dog Park initiative attracted the interest of the media. Radio Helsinki did an interview in their morning broadcast 2.2.2012. The hosts had some tricky questions but I suppose we passed with flying colours. Tero uploaded the interview on-line, feel free to download and listen to it: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/631247/%20-%20.mp3 (in Finnish). Of the ample supply of the WDC Weekend, the Design Dog Park drive had caught the eye of a few popular bloggers. In addition, Helsingin Sanomat called in the morning of the event and wanted to know how dog park initiative with the city is getting on. It was great and of course a bit baffling to find this many people who were suddenly interested in combining design and a dog park. And of course: this is much-needed publicity for the project and will (I hope) be noted in the Public Works Department so that they’ll give us a substantial role in the designing process. Read more
Just as it was starting to feel like the planning of Design Dog Park was at a stand-still, we were contacted by two local interior architects, Marika Häkkinen and Joonas Huhta, who wished to put their skills at our disposal.
Consequently, I organised a small free-form planning session at my home in Arabianranta. The pleasant architects took a seat on the carpet where there were, in addition to my dog, a few members of the Gmmal Dogs Association, who share an interest in planning the dogpark. We had a snack and discussed the functionality of the current dog parks that are planned with the “city’s official standardisation” in mind. We also talked about the most conspicuous shortcomings of dog parks. We pondered together what measures we should take in order to be able to plan a design-y dog park that the city would, standards or no standards, be willing and capable to erect.
The architects came up with best idea of the day
A popular idea was to make use of the topography of the site in a variety of ways to stimulate the dogs. The architects also suggested that the dog park use similar stone fences than those that can already be seen in the Arabianranta district. The architects’ sketches of possible ways to allocate space in the dog park coincided well with the city’s policy.